Holiday cottages in Lothian are a stone’s throw from wild countryside and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Lothian is a region of the Scottish Lowlands between the Firth of Forth’s southern shore and the Lammermuir Hills. It is home to the city of Edinburgh as well as the towns of Musselburgh, Livingston, Queensferry, Haddington and Livingston. The region’s scenery is truly spectacular with rugged hills, woods and moorland frequented by stags and eagles. Lothian also has an incredible number of historical landmarks, from the clifftop fort of Tantallon Castle and towering Blackness Castle to the opulent Palladian-style mansion of Arniston House and Gladstone’s Land on Edinburgh’s Golden Mile.
Self-catering holidays in Lothian are ideal for visitors who want to discover some of Scotland’s most impressive lowland scenery. Spend the day on pebbly Portobello Beach just outside Edinburgh city centre. Look out for rare wildlife at Polkemmet Country Park. Explore amazing landscapes such as Belhaven Bay on the John Muir Way. Or spend the day hiking through Pentland Hills Park, with breathtaking views across the countryside.
There’s loads to during your stay in a Lothian holiday cottage. Try your luck at Musselburgh Racecourse, explore the award-winning visitor centre at the Scottish Seabird Centre, take a canal cruise to the Avon Aqueduct or wander along the sand at Yellowcraig Beach – said to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Edinburgh is a captivating city where magnificent architecture grips craggy hillsides overlooking the ocean. The city centre is home to an eclectic mix of medieval tenements, graceful Georgian streets and a maze of cobbled lanes. At the summit of an extinct volcano, the 7th century castle provides exceptional views across the city. A walk along Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous street, the Golden Mile, is also a must. Running from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood, it is home to many of the city’s best cafes, bars, historic buildings and venues.